Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia 2010 Round 1 at the Sepang International Karting Circuit

Malaysian karting 2010 season kicks off last weekend with the Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Round 1 at the Sepang International Karting Circuit. It runs concurrently with the Asia Max Challenge 2010.

Although Sepang have been hosting many kart races before, this event features a new challenge for the drivers as they will be driving this track anticlockwise for the first time. More than 80 drivers participated in 5 categories, Micromax, DD2, Junior, Senior, and Master/Heavyweight. While most of the drivers are Malaysian, there are some drivers from Finland, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, India and many more, making it a very interesting lineup for the race.

The Micromax category featured 23 young talents. Luqman Hakim snatched pole position for the race, ahead of James Pull and Gezha Sudirman. But came race time it is a different story, as Gezha managed to overtake both Luqman and James to take an early lead, a lead that he never relinquished for the remainder of the race. Luqman finished 2nd and Brendan Seibl followed in 3rd.

Micromax karters always find a time to play with each other before races

Only 5 karters took part in the DD2 race. It was won by Guy Ermer of Singapore who had to fight off strong challenges from Freddy Numan Lawan. Finishing in 3rd place by some distance is Ray Kong.

In the Junior category, it was all about one name, Rahul Raj Mayer. He sets the pace for the entire weekend and blew out the rest of the field in the feature race. Rahul finished the 20 lap race in a total time of 16.47.142.  Gilbert Ang managed to finish 2nd while Freddie Ang completed the podium.

Junior competitors battling it out in a very tight race all the way until the end

Meanwhile, Kyle Blockey claimed 1st position in the Masters/Heavyweight race, resigning Terrence Chap to 2nd place. Ray Kong gets his second 3rd place finishes of the weekend.

Drivers trying to concentrate minutes before the race

The Rotax Senior category was the main attraction for this event. It is the race that the fans have been waiting for, as it pits many up and coming talents against some of the best karters in the region. It also marked the start of a duel between the 2-time Rotax Senior champion Mikko Nassi and the 2009 Rotax Junior champion, Nabil Jeffri.

Nabil, having graduated to Senior category this year, showed why he is touted as Malaysia’s most promising young driver with a fantastic performances from preliminary heats up to the pre-final race. Mikko and the rest of the karters hardly had a sniff of Nabil’s exhaust.

At the start of the final race, Nabil cruised from pole maintaining 1st position going into the first corner, leaving Andrew Tang and Johan Adzmi behind, who both managed to overtake Mikko. Mikko, now having it all to do, slowly overtook Johan and Andrew respectively. With Nabil in commanding position, Mikko pushed on very hard in an effort to catch him.

But ultimately it was to no avail as Nabil grabbed the checkered flag, 4.960 seconds ahead of Mikko. Andrew Tang managed to secure 3rd.

The next stop for the Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia is the 2nd round at the Speedway PLUS, on the 8th-9th May. Asia Max Challenge will continue at Surabaya, Indonesia on the 10th-11th April.

Here are the complete results :

Rotax Senior

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 7 MUHAMMAD NABIL JEFFRI 25 21:02.265 50.199 21 89.428
2 1 MIKKO PETTERI NASSI 25 21:07.225 4.960 50.398 14 89.075
3 3 ANDREW TANG 25 21:09.100 6.835 50.439 23 89.003
4 77 JOHAN BIN ADZMI 25 21:10.287 8.022 50.434 13 89.011
5 12 SYAFIQ ALI 25 21:10.735 8.470 50.460 7 88.966
6 11 MOHAMED FARRIZ FAUZY 25 21:12.256 9.991 50.593 15 88.732
7 8 JAMES LEE KENG CHEONG 25 21:13.484 11.219 50.558 19 88.793
8 186 MOHAMED NASRI NAUFAL 25 21:13.796 11.531 50.593 17 88.732
9 22 TAN WEI RON 25 21:14.108 11.843 50.549 16 88.809
10 110 MOHAMAD AFIQ IKHWAN 25 21:15.127 12.862 50.602 5 88.716
11 34 ALDY RIZKY 25 21:15.318 13.053 50.605 10 88.711
12 48 JACK MCGREGOR 25 21:20.724 18.459 50.802 17 88.367
13 106 SENA FUJITA 25 21:22.616 20.351 50.731 4 88.490
14 38 STEVEN KOK CHOW SEONG 25 21:24.364 22.099 50.749 9 88.459
15 35 SILVANO CHRISTIAN 25 21:25.773 23.508 50.884 22 88.224
16 714 JULIEN FONG WEI JIE 24 21:06.166 1 Lap 51.631 4 86.948
17 66 SHIRLEY WONG SIEW YEN 24 21:21.944 15.778 51.868 5 86.550
DNF 23 ANG KOK WEE 1 55.942 24 Laps 53.578 1 83.788
DNF 338 TANAPON KRAKKAEW 0 2.182 25 Laps –:–:–.— 0 -
DNF 5 AZLEY YAHYA 0 2.506 0.324 –:–:–.— 0 -
Not classified
DNS 777 EDZUANIZAM BIN ESA 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 -

Rotax Master/Heavyweight

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 16 KYLE JAMES SPENCER BLOCKEY 25 21:20.440 50.740 7 88.475
2 78 TERENCE CHAP 25 21:27.107 6.667 50.842 9 88.297
3 2 RAY KONG CHUN KEAT 25 21:34.733 14.293 51.134 9 87.793
4 77 GUY ERMER 25 21:38.296 17.856 51.022 10 87.986
5 44 FREDDY NUMAN LAWAN 25 21:38.461 18.021 51.085 7 87.877
6 10 GARY KOH 25 21:39.158 18.718 51.298 14 87.512
7 31 STEVEN CHEAH 25 22:14.506 54.066 52.115 7 86.140
8 96 LOW TUCK LOONG RAYMOND 24 21:23.585 1 Lap 52.404 3 85.665
9 13 JONATHAN TAY 24 21:37.669 14.084 52.319 10 85.804
DNF 91 HILARION ANTHONY 18 15:39.285 7 Laps 50.850 10 88.283
DNF 188 MOHD NIZAM ROLAND 13 11:26.073 12 Laps 52.025 5 86.289
Not classified
DNS 89 GILES ELLIOTT 0 –:–:–.— –:–:–.— 0 -

Rotax Junior

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 2 RAHUL RAJ MAYER 20 16:47.142 49.875 8 90.009
2 33 GILBERT ANG DING FENG 20 16:52.520 5.378 50.216 7 89.398
3 9 FREDDIE ANG DING YU 20 16:54.846 7.704 50.405 9 89.063
4 3 CALVIN SEIBL 20 16:56.306 9.164 50.369 13 89.126
5 39 MUHAMMAD DANIAL 20 16:57.074 9.932 50.240 12 89.355
6 20 TIMOTHY THOMAS YEO REN QUAN 20 16:57.641 10.499 50.015 6 89.757
7 22 JAZLEE IRFAN SHAH 20 16:57.739 10.597 50.206 14 89.416
8 8 EITA SHIMIZU 20 16:58.579 11.437 50.250 6 89.337
9 333 DANIEL WOODROOF 20 17:02.995 15.853 50.483 5 88.925
10 30 GABRIEL ARCADINE D. 20 17:03.358 16.216 50.276 9 89.291
11 111 YASUO SENNA IRIAWAN 20 17:04.896 17.754 50.484 6 88.923
12 29 AKASH NEIL NANDY 20 17:06.655 19.513 50.674 20 88.590
13 118 MEOR DANISH ANIQ 20 17:06.896 19.754 50.534 20 88.835
14 222 ARIFF AMRAN 20 17:17.248 30.106 51.191 13 87.695
15 38 BRANDON LEE ZHON WEI 20 17:17.837 30.695 50.889 4 88.216
16 6 SYAZWAN MOHD NOOR 20 17:18.535 31.393 50.947 15 88.115
17 126 AMIN NOORZILAN 20 17:18.739 31.597 50.642 7 88.646
18 7 NIK AZRI SYAZWI NIK HAMDAN 20 17:19.144 32.002 51.105 6 87.843
19 1 MUHAMMAD NAJIB ZAFRI 20 17:20.688 33.546 50.793 7 88.382
20 28 DANIEL RAO 20 17:20.976 33.834 50.648 18 88.635
21 27 ARJUN MAINI 20 17:21.676 34.534 51.368 4 87.393
22 12 ANDY CHANG WING CHUNG 20 17:25.455 38.313 50.255 8 89.328
23 97 SUHAIZARUL SUHAIZAT 20 17:30.679 43.537 50.631 11 88.665
24 11 KAREN TAN PEI YING 19 16:47.726 1 Lap 51.609 13 86.985
25 24 RAJ GANATRA 19 16:54.390 6.664 51.670 14 86.882
DNF 99 JAMAL ARIF 15 13:28.934 5 Laps 52.884 6 84.888
DNF 5 BRENDAN PAUL ANTHONY 2 1:48.782 18 Laps 52.067 2 86.220

Rotax Micromax

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 36 GEZHA SUDIRMAN 15 14:11.749 56.213 7 79.861
2 10 MUHAMMAD LUQMAN HAKIM 15 14:12.054 0.305 56.240 7 79.822
3 7 BRENDAN SEIBL 15 14:16.015 4.266 56.475 6 79.490
4 23 PERDANA PUTRA MINANG 15 14:19.653 7.904 56.855 5 78.959
5 15 JAMES PULL 15 14:19.977 8.228 56.871 5 78.937
6 13 ADAM MUQRI MOHD NOOR 15 14:24.130 12.381 57.117 13 78.597
7 33 RAFIF RABBANI 15 14:24.578 12.829 56.446 6 79.531
8 11 LOW KENT JUN 15 14:25.565 13.816 56.402 9 79.593
9 21 DAIM HISHAMMUDIN 15 14:29.800 18.051 57.276 6 78.378
10 17 JORDAN TAY TI WAN 15 14:37.667 25.918 57.491 7 78.085
11 1 MUHAMMAD AIMAN ZAFRI 15 14:37.878 26.129 57.197 11 78.487
12 27 RORY JAMES ELLIOT 15 14:39.280 27.531 56.960 8 78.813
13 9 JEHAN DARUVALA 15 14:44.420 32.671 57.847 12 77.605
14 8 MITCHELL CHEAH MIN JIE 15 14:47.086 35.337 57.742 7 77.746
15 3 JON LEE XUAN HAO 15 14:51.696 39.947 58.569 12 76.648
16 63 GEMY FAIZY SUDIRMAN 15 14:51.924 40.175 57.966 9 77.445
17 90 KHAIRUL ALEXANDER HALLION 15 14:52.522 40.773 58.352 13 76.933
18 38 LUTH HARITH BIN ERWAN 15 14:52.864 41.115 58.272 5 77.039
19 20 KUSH MAINI 15 14:53.391 41.642 58.640 13 76.555
20 77 GLENN CHIAM 15 14:54.516 42.767 58.534 10 76.694
21 6 MUHAMMAD NAUFAL 15 14:54.773 43.024 58.497 9 76.742
DNF 22 MAX FEWTRELL 6 6:03.389 9 Laps 56.945 5 78.834
DNF 32 PRESLEY MARTONO 2 2:01.497 13 Laps 58.216 2 77.113

Rotax DD2

Pos No. Name Laps Total time Diff Best time In lap Best speed
1 77 GUY ERMER 15 12:51.657 51.025 11 87.980
2 44 FREDDY NUMAN LAWAN 15 12:52.128 0.471 50.932 7 88.141
3 2 RAY KONG 15 12:57.150 5.493 51.129 11 87.801
4 23 SITI SHAHKIRAH SHAHARUL 15 12:57.737 6.080 51.107 6 87.839
5 33 KELVIN CHOO KANG WOEI 15 12:58.131 6.474 51.088 12 87.872

Photo / Editorial : Nazim Idris

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  1. Vikey says:

    Great photoblog, nice caption, it’s good sometimes to let the story flow with images.

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